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Act Now and get Retronyms' Amazing Tabletop App at a Bargain Price

From the video above you can see that Retronyms' new iPad app Tabletop does something pretty special. As soon as we purchased this app and started playing around with the demo sessions we were really blown away and our minds are now racing with the potential this app offers musicians.

Modular Power

Created exclusively for the iPad, the modular device approach and simple interface design belie the power that this app has in store for musicians, both pro and amateur. We think it will become especially useful when linked up to other iPads, extending the workspace or syncing with apps like iElectribe or similar, especially for live performances.

Great Introductory Pricing

The app is currently enjoying some keen pricing under Retronyms' launch promotion, you can get the app with 9 of the 15 modular devices included for only $4.99 in the App Store. These devices together would normally cost you $50, so it is great value.

In addition, most of the extra modules are currently on sale at $0.99 to celebrate the launch (usually $2.99) as in-app purchases. Act quickly to get your discounted copy of Tabletop!

Here is what the pros are saying about it:

Huge Potential

We have only just begun to play around with Tabletop and, although we are far from professional musicians, even we know this could be huge. As more people experiment with Tabletop and start creating songs or live performance recordings with it we think it is going to be one of the more significant app developments in the iPad music scene.

The video below illustrates just one way Tabletop can be used, in this case for creating samples from the Turntable using the recorder and incorporating them into a live mix. It is nearly 7 minutes long but stick with it as the end result is really interesting. Enjoy, and get experimenting with Tabletop.

Have you purchased Tabletop? What do you think of it? Sound off in the comments below.

Why the Eye-Fi X2 Direct Mode is a Big Deal

Photographers - leave the laptop at home and travel light with just your iPad and the new Direct Mode on the Eye-Fi X2 SD card.

For a while now Photographers have been going wireless and un-tethered with the wonderful (if sometimes a little glitchy) Eye-Fi SD cards. The problem is you had to rely on an existing Wi-Fi network being available, along with an app called ShutterSnitch to get the photos on to your iPad.

If you were out and about, that meant bringing your own network in the form of a MiFi or something similar, an added expense and more to carry and power whilst on the move.

Go Direct

With Eye-Fi's new Direct Mode that has changed. Now you can be a truly 'nimble photographer' and travel light with just an Eye-Fi X2 loaded camera and an iPad (or iPhone/Android device) with the companion app installed.

This is in addition to all of the great features that are already included with the Eye-Fi.

A Big Deal

This is a big deal because once you have spent out on the Eye-Fi X2 card (and with a little bit of setup time) you are ready to go without having to worry about connecting to anything else. The Eye-Fi card creates its own ad-hoc Wi-Fi network which your iPad connects to and photos start flying from the camera directly to your iPad. 

The top-of-the-range Eye-Fi Pro X2 even transfers RAW files, although we guess that will be a bit slower to transfer and fill up your iPad pretty quickly.

How Would You Use It?

Imagine being a Photographer on location, placing the iPad in your client's hands, and letting them see the shots (almost) as you take them. No laptops, no heavy monitors to bring and no cables!

Or what about at a special event like a wedding or a party with your iPad connected to the house projector showing your photos off to everyone as you take them (you can choose which photos/video to send to the iPad).

We think this will free up Photographers and, as long as they have space on their iPad, lighten their load.

It may not suit studio Pro Photographers who need the speed of a tethered, high quality, commercial workflow, but for many situations the new Direct Mode in the Eye-Fi cards seems a winner for the iPad carrying Photographer.

The only real problem we can see is if your camera, like our DSLR, takes Compact Flash (CF) cards. We are looking at SDHC to CF convertors, apparently some of them work with the Eye-Fi, sort of.

What do you think? We would love to hear your comments.

Video: iPad 2 as a 'Pro' Camera at NAB

NAB -On The Floor - How To Make A Padumentary from Manhattan Edit Workshop on Vimeo

We saw this video via @tapmaguk on Twitter and thought you might find it interesting. The rig is pretty substantial but it does show the potential of the HD video camera on iPad 2. You can see more of Manhattan Edit Workshop's videos from NAB on their Vimeo channel.

Filterstorm Pro is on its Way

FSPro Preview from Tai Shimizu on Vimeo

Here is something exciting to look forward to in the New Year for iPad using Photographers, Filterstorm Pro is about a month away from beta testing. Developer Tai Shimizu has been kind enough to share a video of the alpha version running on the iPad and it looks lovely with some great features in the pipeline.

We have said before how much we like Filterstorm on both iPad and iPhone, it is definitely one of our favourites, so we are really looking forward to getting our hands on Filterstorm Pro. If you are a Photo-Journalist or Photographer and would like to help Tai out, he will be looking for eligible beta testers soon, so drop him a line and let him know you are interested.